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3.34 Kansas City Chiefs Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas (5-11, 227)
With the 34th pick in the third round of the NFL Draft, the Chiefs selected RB Knile Davis from Arkansas. There is no denying the skill set that Knile Davis has. He’s got arguably some of the best athleticism of anyone in the draft but there is a reason he slid to the end of the third round. For one, his durability is a concern. He had many injuries in his college career and scouts say he didn’t quite have the same lateral quickness after an ankle injury during the 2011 season. He also had a tough time holding onto the ball last season putting it on the floor 8 times in only 120 touches. The fumbleitis can be fixed by coaching but the injuries are hopefully something he can get past.
Still, the kid runs a 4.37 forty and would be an excellent compliment behind starter Jamaal Charles. The Chiefs still have Shaun Draughn for depth but that’s it. If Davis can show well during pass-blocking drills and in the preseason, there is no doubt he can win the backup job. But he’s going to have to earn it. Draughn actually performed well in spots for the Chiefs last season and Dexter McCluster will also line up at the RB spot from time to time. The Chiefs look primed to have a breakout year on the offensive side of the ball.
Also helping Davis ascend into the backup spot sooner rather than later could be Draughn’s own injury concern. He was sidelined by a sports hernia for the beginning of OTA’s.